Working at Linnaeus University
Linnaeus University is located in the two cities Växjö and Kalmar in the southeast of Sweden. The university offer over 150 degree programmes and 1300 single-subject courses. There are approximately 2.100 employees and 33.000 students. Research at Linnaeus University is of high quality, nationally as well as internationally, and covers a wide range of disciplines.
The information on these pages is mainly about the rules that apply for international employees. To find out more about all HR-related questions like salary, vacation, agreements and policies, health and safety etc, we advise you to go to our intranet The Staff/Medarbetare.
Relocation Lnu - a social arena
Relocation LNU is a network whose primary goal is to offer a social arena for internationally recruited employees at Linnaeus University. The group is open to all employees with an interest in meeting international faculty and staff and/or sharing their experiences about relocating to Kalmar or Växjö.
Within the framework of Relocation LNU, the university offers different types of seminars and activities. Many of them are digital, but we also arrange meetings. The meetings are sometimes in Kalmar, sometimes in Växjö. Some of the webinars and activities are also open for spouses/partners.
These are some of the seminars that are offered regularly: Working in Sweden, Health and safety at Linnaeus University, How to finance international mobility; Seminar on province Småland; Film Club (held as an add-on to the classes in Swedish); City walks in Kalmar and Växjö; Lucia celebration and Workshop about intercultural communication skills.
You can be part of the network by joining the group Relocation LNU (a social group on the intranet), where you will find information and information about current events. If you have any questions, you can send an e-mail to: email@example.com
Employed at Linnaeus University
Being employed at Linnaeus University means that you are a government employee and, thus, you need to be aware of and comply with the laws governing all state agencies. You are also subject to the fundamental values of Swedish society, as expressed in our constitution and laws. These values are codified in a set of six principles that form the basis for a platform for professional ethics for all state employees: democracy, legality, objectivity, freedom of opinion, non- discrimination and equality, effectivity and service. These principles deal with developing an ethical compass and the ability to handle difficult situations and dilemmas. They also are intended to help prevent different kinds of corruption.
While the principles may seem general and vague, they influence our daily work at the university. This means, for example, that protocols and decisions are public, that anyone can ask for documents and applications from a recruitment process, and that recruitments in certain cases can be appealed. Complying with the laws and fundamental values may also affect certain processes, e.g. prolonging the recruitment of teachers, since we use external experts to the review the applications and publications in specific subjects/areas.
Another area where you need to keep in mind the foundation values is the use of funds. We need to always keep in mind that most of the university’s incomes come from the tax-payers and, thus, we need to manage expenses in an effective and accountable manner.
In Sweden, everyone has the right to contact media, a journalist or a writer and inform them about inaccuracies. State employees have also the right to report inaccuracies in their own organization anonymously and without risking being disclosed.
Treating all students and colleagues with respect and without discriminating anybody is also part of the values foundation. This is manifested practically in the ways in which we, for example, deal with examinations, students and employees with disabilities, gender equality etc.
Insurances at Linnaeus University
Here is an overview of the different types of insurances that you have as an employee as Linnaeus University. However we recommend you to review your insurances before your arrival in Sweden. The insurances provided by Linnaeus University may not cover all your needs.
Insurance for foreign visitors
Foreign visitors are those taking part/working at Linnaeus University such as guest researchers, stipends, guest lecturers and opponents. This insurance covers acute health and dental care and transport home, if necessary. It does not cover planned medical check-ups or treatment for a disease that existed/occurred before the journey to Sweden. The insurance is valid around the clock in Sweden and if using Schengen visa, in all Schengen. For more information see the website of Kammarkollegiet.
Insurance at the workplace
Insurance at work and when travelling to and from work, see AFA´s website.
Business Travel Insurance
Employees at Linnaeus University are covered by a business travel insurance. When traveling abroad, it is important to bring along an insurance card, which is available at the Office of HR. More information can be found at Kammarkollegiet.
Group Life Insurance
Government employees are covered by a Group Life Insurance. The spouse and children are beneficiaries in case the employee passes away. National Pension Board, SPV via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Insurances that you will need outside of work is a home insurance (hemförsäkring) as well as an insurance for accidents on your spare time. A home insurance usually covers personal property, personal liability, and legal expenses. Most home insurances also have travel protection in case of illness or accident. Check this webpage for information regarding insurances for children.
Health and parental insurance for doctoral students with stipends
Loss of income if you fall ill for a long period of time is normally not covered by your scholarship. Since you are not employed, you cannot receive sick pay from Linnaeus University or sickness benefit from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).
However, doctoral students with scholarships are covered by 'Health and parental insurance for doctoral students with scholarships'. The insurance applies when the doctoral student's scholarship is reduced due to his/her absence from studies in the case of illness or parental leave. The insurance consists of three parts: sickness benefit, parental benefit and temporary parental benefit. Please read the full policy conditions at Kammarkollegiet.
Euraxess - for researchers and their families
Euraxess is a pan-European initiative backed by the European Union and its Member States. Euraxess provides information and assistance to mobile researchers - by means of the portal Euraxess and with the support of national Euraxess Centres. Linnaeus University is one of 13 Euraxess Centers in Sweden.
The portal contains practical information concerning professional and daily life in Sweden, research news, as well as information about jobs and funding opportunities. The Centers provide assistance in matters related to mobility for researchers and their families. All services of the EURAXESS network are free of charge.
Getting Settled Guide
This brochure gives a quick overview of what international employees need to do when arriving in Sweden. It includes, for example, information about authorities such as the Swedish Migration Board, the Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and information about getting a bank account etc. The brochure is available in digital form.
If you prefer a printed version, please contact email@example.com
We strongly recommend that you learn Swedish during your stay in Sweden. Knowing some Swedish will simplify your everyday life as well as help you integrate at the workplace.
Linnaeus University offers the following Swedish courses free of charge for international employees.
- Swedish for beginners part 1 and 2
- Dedicated study groups; start and advanced. These groups focus on materials (written and oral) of special relevance for work at the university, e.g. steering documents, minutes from meetings etc.
- An ad-on activity to the Swedish courses is a so-called film club that welcomes also spouses/partners
- The university can also provide private/intensive courses. However, the cost for this needs to be covered by the employee’s department.
To register to any of the activities for learning Swedish, e-mail to Yael Tågerud (firstname.lastname@example.org) Section for Higher Education Development. Please remember to discuss your needs for learning Swedish with your manager, in order to ensure that such activity be included in your working schedule.
For more information visit our intranet website medarbetare.
Another option, outside of the university, is studying Swedish through Kunskapsnavet and/or Komvux (education for adults), as they also offer free courses. Ask for the office in Kalmar or Växjö. Folkuniversitetet also offers online studies, as well as Duolingo. You can also find Swedish studies online on Sweden.se
Information film about Linnaeus University.
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